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Joseph Marks

Staff Correspondent Joseph Marks covers government technology issues, social media, Gov 2.0 and global Internet freedom for Nextgov. He previously reported on federal litigation and legal policy for Law360 and on local, state and regional issues for two Midwestern newspapers. He also interned for Congressional Quarterly’s Homeland Security section and the Associated Press’s Jerusalem Bureau. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown.
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Want lasting IT reforms? Appoint a chief management officer.

October 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Improving information technology performance and controlling spending during the next presidential administration will require reforms beyond the federal technology shop, a team of administrative leaders said Thursday. To ensure those reforms take place, the next president should appoint a chief management officer at every major department and agency to oversee ...

Dot-gov reform presses on, here and across the pond

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An initiative to drastically reduce the number of federal websites has been making slow but steady progress during the last few months. There were 1,091 non-redirecting federal websites on a list maintained by the General Services Administration when I checked just a few days ago. As of Wednesday, the list ...

Agencies cut billions in IT spending

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencywide reviews of information technology spending project government savings of $2.5 billion during the next three years, Office of Management and Budget acting Director Jeffrey Zients said in a blog post Wednesday. The savings will come from 98 plans developed during PortfolioStat review sessions aimed at rooting out unnecessary, underperforming ...

DISA seeks app store, device management

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency formally posted a solicitation Monday for a mobile device management system and enterprise mobile application store that will support up to 260,000 devices. The device management system and app store ultimately could be expanded to support the entire Defense Department, DISA said. Other agencies, including ...

Smartphones aren’t mini computers

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been updated to reflect a correction in the ForeSee report. As most of the Internet goes wild this afternoon over the release of the iPad mini -- yet another mobile platform -- a few people in the government tech world are taking a step back, noting how ...

Federal website satisfaction dips slightly

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Satisfaction with federal websites dipped slightly in the third quarter of 2012 but has remained largely steady since 2009, the consultancy ForeSee reported Tuesday. The aggregate American Consumer Satisfaction Index score for visitors to federal websites was 75.3 out of 100 during the quarter, ForeSee reported, down from an all-time ...

Government Printing Office looks to digital first future

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office’s future lies in offering permanent and secure access to online content and producing paper copies only in rare circumstances, according to the agency’s five-year strategic plan released Monday. The plan opens by noting that 97 percent of government documents are now “born digital,” meant for a ...

Why we need a presidential debate on technology

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During an impromptu office gab session before the town hall presidential debate last week, Nextgov Senior Web Producer Ross Gianfortune said there really ought to be a full presidential debate on technology. We all got a good laugh out of that. Ross and our other Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild have ...

ICE drops BlackBerry in favor of iPhone

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated to add details. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency plans to end its eight-year relationship with the BlackBerry in favor of iPhones, according to solicitation documents posted Friday. The move could prove a major blow to ailing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. ICE plans to ...

BlackBerry’s advertising conundrum

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The ailing smartphone and tablet maker BlackBerry released a video this week reminding everyone of its continuing relevance to its core consumers: government agencies at the federal, state and local level. The video underscores the company’s chief advertising conundrum, though. Its comparative advantage -- security -- is difficult to convey ...